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Azerbaijan Grand Prix postponed

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23/03/2020

Organizers in Baku have announced that the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, scheduled for 7 June, has been postponed.

An official statement issued this morning reads:

"The postponement was agreed upon after extensive discussions with Formula 1 as well as the FIA and the Government of the Azerbaijan Republic, and comes as a direct result of the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic and has been based entirely on the expert guidance provided to us by the relevant authorities.

In coming to this conclusion, Baku City Circuit's (BCC) primary concern throughout has been the health and well-being of the Azerbaijani people as well as all visiting F1 fans, staff and championship participants.

BCC shares its fans disappointment at not being able to experience the pinnacle of motorsport race through the streets of Baku this June. To that end, we will continue to work closely with Formula 1, the FIA and the Government of the Azerbaijan Republic to monitor the situation with a view to announcing a new race date later in the 2020 season.

All tickets for the Grand Prix will continue to be valid, without any additional formalities required. As soon as the new date of the Grand Prix is confirmed, all spectators will be informed accordingly about the available options, both for those who have purchased their tickets through the Baku City Circuit's website and through other channels.

The thoughts of everyone at Baku City Circuit during this challenging and unprecedented situation go out to all those directly and indirectly affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

We wish to thank all our supporters, customers and partners for your understanding and look forward to welcoming you back to Baku later in the year for more unpredictable, thrilling racing action at the Home of the Street Fighters."

The move means that Canada is now currently scheduled to host the opening round of the season.

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1. Posted by Bill Hopgood, 23/03/2020 16:30

"I can't see F1 getting started this season.

I'm trying to be realistic rather than gloomy.

Two things would have to happen in my view before people feel comfortable going anywhere near large crowds from many locations:
A vaccine so the virus isn't caught
A cure / treatment to get people better should they catch it.

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2. Posted by Superbird70, 23/03/2020 12:06

"Might be a bit hypocritical of us to host the Grand Prix in June when we just told Japan we were not sending athletes to the Olympics. Can't see this happening."

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